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Delve deeply into the latest research from the Sanford School of Public Policy and beyond. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts. Our current lineup:

  • Ways & Means - Travel the world with Sanford faculty and journalist Emily Hanford to check out promising policy ideas.
  • Policy 360 - Sit back and listen to intimate conversations with researchers and policymakers. Hosted by Dean Judith Kelley.
  • TBD: Technology by Design - Explore the tech industry, the products and policy decisions that shape it, and its impact on our everyday lives. Hosted by Matt Perault, director of Duke's Center on Science and Tech Policy.
  • The Leading Voices in Food - Get wide-ranging perspectives on the future of the food industry. Hosted by Kelly Brownell of Duke's World Food Policy Center. 
  • The Political Student - Duke students are political students. Let's hear their stories. 

Ways & Means

Ways & Means podcast for Policy WonksIn 2019, Ways & Means nabbed top honors for a podcast produced by a university when it won the national Circle of Excellence Award (Gold) from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The international awards program recognizes outstanding work in advancement of educational institutions and 611 institutions in 20 countries submitted entries. In their notes the judges said the podcast "production and storytelling is fantastic."

Ways & Means features bright ideas for how to improve society. It's a narrative podcast. Researchers tell the story of their work, and others tell about how policies have affected them. The podcast is hosted by public radio veteran and American Public Media investigative reporter Emily Hanford, and is produced by a team of public radio veterans. Episodes are often recorded on location in places like India, Kenya and Nepal.

Most downloaded episodes include "How Sputnik Sent Women to College," "Bootstraps and Silver Spoons" and "Who is White?" A series on new ideas for policy in the developing world won two awards from CASE.  Another series explores policy approaches to deal with a changing climate.

NPR featured our most popular episode, "How do Criminals Get Their Guns" in the recommended section of the NPR One app. Episodes occasionally air on public radio

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Policy 360

Policy 360 podcast , capitol building in the backgroundPolicy 360 features compelling, timely conversations about the most important issues of the day with researchers, policymakers and policy disrupters. The podcast is hosted by Judith Kelley, the Sanford School’s dean. Kelley, an expert on international relations, researches how international actors can promote democratic and human rights reforms.  Judith Kelley is the author of Scorecard Diplomacy: Grading States to Influence Their Reputation and Behavior. 

Episodes premiere biweekly. In addition to Duke University faculty members, previous guests include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and Carmen Castillo, a hotel housekeeper and member of the Providence Rhode Island City Council. 

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TBD: Technology by Design

TBD Technology by Design, a podcast hosted by Matt PeraultMatt Perault served as a director of public policy at Facebook where led the company’s global public policy planning efforts on issues such as competition, law enforcement, and human rights and oversaw public policy for WhatsApp, Oculus, and Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research. Now the new director on Duke's Center for Science and Tech Policy, Matt Perault launched the TBD: Technology by Design podcast in 2019. 



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The Leading Voices in Food

Fruit background. the Leading Voices in FoodTime magazine has listed Kelley Brownell among “The World’s 100 Most Influential People" for his fight against childhood obesity. Dean Emeritus of the Sanford School of Public Policy, Brownell is Director of the World Food Policy Center at Duke University. His goal is to bring together partners and collaborators from around the corner and from around the globe to work at the intersection of what now are often-separated areas of food policy. The Leading Voices in Food podcast explores topics like food insecurity, obesity, agriculture, access and equity, food safety, food defense, and other food policy issues. 

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The Political Student

POLIDS Presents the Political Student. Duke University. Man and woman facing each other. speech bubbles above their heads.These days the American political system is clearly starkly divided along party lines. Yet, on Duke University's campus, more and more students are opting in to politics. What do these college students care about and why are they getting involved? Duke University's Center for Politics (Polis), decided to find out. Now in its third season the podcast features close to 40 conversations with Duke students. Each episode is a deep dive; a relaxed conversation with a political leader on Duke University's campus.


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More Duke Podcasts

Browse a listing of all Duke-affiliated podcasts here.